Staying fit and healthy in my ThirdThird is an everyday choice.
Get out and move daily.
Consider my diet.
Drink lots of water.
AND, it is not really so hard once it became a habit.
Long ago, I decided that I would not add weight as I age, forming one of my life mantras, It’s easier to keep it off than take it off. I saw others around me adding a pound or two or five every year, and realized it would sneak up on me if I didn’t consciously take control.
So, I determined to keep it off.
With clear motivation (keep it off), it’s simple. Really. Even though, the older I get the more intentional I must be.
When my kids were all at home, there were things we simply did not have in our home. Soda. Chips. Store-bought cookies or cakes. Partly, it was an economic decision. Feeding a family of 7 required some thriftiness and those extras can be expensive.
Partly, it was a life lesson that things you don’t have all the time are more special. Pop or soda was more fun if it was an occasional treat. Having store-bought cake at a friend’s birthday party added to the fun.
Partly, it was a lesson in nutrition. One of the big ideas in Younger Next Year is “Don’t eat crap.” Garbage in, garbage out…. except for the extra weight and fat that stays.
Staying fit and healthy is a choice.
I was brought up in a fairly typical middle class family in the 50’s and 60’s surviving on Betty Crocker and Post Toasties and Hostess. So, it was a conscious decision to become a scratch-baker and to learn about nutrition and the role diet plays in our overall health. It made sense to me, even in the 70’s, that less sugar was better and that enjoying pure foods in moderation was better than eating chemicals and saturated fats by the forkful.
Now, my kids are out of the house and I could have those things around if I wanted to with fewer mouths to feed and no one I am consciously setting an example for. Truth is, I don’t want them. They aren’t even tempting. I don’t like the way they make me feel.
In Thinner This Year, by Chris Crowley and Jen Sacheck, they point out that in the US, for most people, 35% of the total calorie intake comes from added sugars and solid fat.
I’m pretty sure that is shocking to most of us.
You can train your brain to only want food that is good for you. Choose to cut out one bad-habit food that you know you should not be eating… in fact, that you feel a little guilty about eating. Stop eating it for 3 days and see how you feel.
I would wager that you will find that you don’t want it after a few days. And, if you are guilt free, the benefits will be more than avoiding a few empty calories. Emotionally, you’ll be pleased with yourself and that just might result in more energy and the inspiration to be better in other ways.